Nationals host Rockies after taking 2 of 3 last week in Denver

Doug Pensinger

The Rockies face a tough task, having to see Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann on back-to-back days, to start their series in Washington.

Since their series win over the Colorado Rockies last week in Denver, the Washington Nationals have lost four of six to the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies to fall to a game under .500. However, the Nats still sit in second place in the National League East thanks to a whole lot of disappointment out of the Phillies, New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

Not much is different for the Nationals heading into this series, other than the return of their ace, Stephen Strasburg, from the disabled list.


Stephen Strasburg

#37 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-4

220

R

R

Jul 20, 1988


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Stephen Strasburg 3-6 2.50 1.06 77 25


Strasburg allowed just one run on one hit in his return on June 16 but was saddled with a 2-0 loss to the Indians. Strasburg lasted five innings and did have trouble with control, walking four batters to go along with his four strikeouts.

The Rockies are faced with the task of dealing with Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, who is 9-3 with a 2.44 ERA, in the first two games of the series. Zimmermann has dominated the Rockies in his career, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 30 career innings. However, he struggled in his last start, surrendering six runs on eight hits in five innings against Cleveland on June 15.

Shortstop Ian Desmond continues to be one of the Nationals' better offensive threats in Bryce Harper's absence. Desmond recently had a 15-game hitting streak snapped, but not before he went 7-for-10 with five runs batted in against the Rockies. He also hit the ball that Troy Tulowitzki broke his rib diving for. Boo you, Desmond.

For more on the Nationals, be sure to check out Federal Baseball.

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Probable pitchers

Game 1: Thursday, June 20 at 5:05 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Roy Oswalt (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 2.44 ERA)

Game 2: Friday, June 21 at 5:05 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.33) vs. Stephen Strasburg (3-6, 2.50)

Game 3: Saturday, June 22 at 10:05 a.m. MT (ROOT Sports, MLB Network)

Jhoulys Chacin (5-3, 4.26) vs. Dan Haren (4-8, 5.72)

Game 4: Sunday, June 23 at 11:35 a.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21) vs. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34)

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Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Zach Duke 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Anthony Rendon 20 73 8 23 7 0 1 6 8 16 0 0 .315 .383 .452
Bryce Harper 44 150 29 43 7 1 12 23 25 30 2 2 .287 .386 .587
Ian Desmond 70 264 28 74 18 2 10 38 15 64 7 2 .280 .318 .477
Ryan Zimmerman 57 213 32 58 12 2 8 33 24 57 3 0 .272 .350 .460
Jayson Werth 41 153 23 41 4 0 7 19 12 34 2 0 .268 .325 .431
Denard Span 66 267 27 67 12 6 0 18 20 38 7 3 .251 .306 .341
Wilson Ramos 14 48 4 12 3 0 2 6 4 8 0 1 .250 .308 .438
Adam LaRoche 68 232 33 56 9 1 10 30 30 69 2 0 .241 .326 .418
Gio Gonzalez 15 22 1 5 1 0 1 1 1 6 0 0 .227 .261 .409
Steve Lombardozzi 58 157 12 35 7 1 0 14 3 19 2 2 .223 .233 .280
Kurt Suzuki 52 170 13 37 9 1 2 12 16 24 2 0 .218 .287 .318
Dan Haren 14 24 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 11 0 0 .208 .208 .292
Jeff Kobernus 13 20 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 6 0 1 .200 .304 .350
Roger Bernadina 53 111 11 20 4 1 2 4 9 31 2 0 .180 .254 .288
Stephen Strasburg 13 24 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 .167 .167 .250
Danny Espinosa 44 158 11 25 9 0 3 12 4 47 1 0 .158 .193 .272
Tyler Moore 38 95 7 15 5 0 2 13 6 36 0 0 .158 .206 .274
Chad Tracy 43 66 3 10 0 0 3 5 3 16 0 2 .152 .188 .288
Jhonatan Solano 13 28 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 .143 .200 .179
Jordan Zimmermann 14 28 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 11 0 0 .107 .138 .107
Ross Detwiler 10 18 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 0 0 .056 .105 .056
Chris Marrero 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Eury Perez 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Craig Stammen 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000
Nate Karns 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ross Ohlendorf 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Drew Storen 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Mattheus 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Clippard 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Rafael Soriano 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Henry Rodriguez 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Abad 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Yunesky Maya 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Xavier Cedeno 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ian Krol 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Erik Davis 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Xavier Cedeno 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.50
Ian Krol 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 1 0 0 0 1 8 0.00 .30
Ross Ohlendorf 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 2 1 1 0 2 2 1.50 .67
Fernando Abad 0-2 13 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 10 2 2 0 1 11 1.69 1.03
Tyler Clippard 5-1 31 0 0 0 0 0 30.2 18 8 8 2 14 33 2.35 1.04
Jordan Zimmermann 9-3 14 14 3 1 0 0 99.2 79 30 27 8 14 67 2.44 .93
Rafael Soriano 1-1 29 0 0 0 18 3 29.0 29 9 8 2 5 26 2.48 1.17
Stephen Strasburg 3-6 13 13 0 0 0 0 79.1 59 31 22 6 25 77 2.50 1.06
Craig Stammen 4-2 21 0 0 0 0 1 37.2 34 12 12 2 12 37 2.87 1.22
Ross Detwiler 2-5 10 10 0 0 0 0 56.2 69 23 21 3 10 29 3.34 1.39
Gio Gonzalez 3-3 15 15 0 0 0 0 91.2 64 36 34 9 41 93 3.34 1.15
Henry Rodriguez 0-1 17 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 14 8 8 1 16 11 4.00 1.67
Drew Storen 2-1 31 0 0 0 1 3 29.0 35 16 14 4 7 28 4.34 1.45
Ryan Mattheus 0-0 14 0 0 0 0 1 16.1 20 9 9 0 5 12 4.96 1.53
Dan Haren 4-8 14 14 0 0 0 0 78.2 98 54 50 18 13 62 5.72 1.41
Erik Davis 0-0 5 0 0 0 0 0 4.1 7 3 3 0 1 7 6.23 1.85
Nate Karns 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 12.0 17 11 10 5 6 11 7.50 1.92
Zach Duke 1-1 12 1 0 0 0 0 20.2 31 22 20 2 8 11 8.71 1.89
Yunesky Maya 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 0 54.00 6.00


Washington Nationals Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Roger Bernadina eye 06/20/2013

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Mattheus hand 05/20/2013
Bryce Harper knee 05/27/2013

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